November 20, 2009

Oprah Winfrey ending talk show in 2011

Posted: 08:45 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey will announce on Friday's "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she will end her talk show, said a spokesman for Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

"Oprah will be ending her talk show," Harpo spokesman Don Halcombe said Thursday. "She will be speaking about it on tomorrow's live show."  The show will air live from its Chicago, Illinois, studio at 9 a.m. CT (10 a.m. ET), he said.

The show will end on September 9, 2011, as its 25th season draws to a close, according to a letter from Harpo Inc. that President Tim Bennett addressed to partners and obtained by CNN affiliate WLS-TV.

"Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history," Bennett wrote.

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Deborah   November 20th, 2009 9:01 am ET

It is so sad our dear oprah which has touched all of our hearst throught the years will soon leave us , now what will we watch? Oprah God bless and u will always be a legend Thank You

SuzieCanada   November 20th, 2009 10:30 am ET

Happy Birthday Larry!

CNN, Oprah is leaving in two years. There is plenty of time to say goodbye. No need to report on this all day long. It's not like this wasn't expected, given the lower ratings and her ignoring Michael Jackson's death for months, which turned off many more fans.

Judith   November 20th, 2009 11:41 am ET

Her fans will miss her.We love her.

So many shows on TV with ones making big dollars forgetting where they came from as they grew Oprah is one that has had her feet on the ground with long memories given back to her fans.She is one that has done so much good for people.

Anne   November 20th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

I stopped liking Oprah when she disrespected Michael Jackson by not acknowledging his death this summer and by having a tribute show that insulted him and was really all about her. Michael Jackson gave her the greatest interview and largest audience she ever had. MJ was a musical genius and a great humanitarian. Instead of asking him questions about his career and music and all the good works he did all over the world, she asked about the color of his skin and his sexuality and plastic surgery. When he needed support, she abandoned him because she cared more about her ratings than helping a fellow human being..

lindafromnewyork   November 20th, 2009 12:13 pm ET

Anne–I totally agree with your comment. Oprah is moving on because her ratings took more of a dip than she expected. She totally disrespected Michael in life and then with her so called special show about Michael. Oprah used Michael to gain popularity-he was very nice to her–He did not have to be. She turns around and stabs in the back. Oprah is ending her talk show-I say Good Riddance and don't let the door hit you on your way out Oprah.

lindafromnewyork   November 20th, 2009 12:14 pm ET


Yes, Really-who the hell cares-Bye Oprah.

Anne   November 20th, 2009 12:25 pm ET

Chandler Suicide Highlights Media Bias Against Jackson
by Charles Thomson

When it emerged yesterday that two weeks go Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, shot himself in the head, few tears were shed despite the media’s best efforts to eulogise him.

Most media outlets are touting Chandler as ‘the father of the boy who accused Jackson of child molestation’. Wrong. Chandler was the father who accused Jackson of molesting his son.

The initial allegations against Jackson were made not by Jordan Chandler but by his father Evan, in spite of Jordan’s insistence that Jackson never touched him inappropriately, a stance that the boy maintained for several months.

Relations between the boy’s father and Jackson had soured in early 1993 when Evan asked the popstar to build him a house and Jackson politely declined. A failed screenwriter, Chandler contacted Jackson shortly afterwards and asked him to negotiate three scriptwriting deals on his behalf. If Jackson did not comply, he said, he would accuse him of molesting his son. Jackson didn’t comply – and the rest is history.

As revealed by Mary Fischer in her 1994 GQ article ‘Was Michael Jackson Framed?’ – Jordan Chandler only claimed to have been molested by Jackson after Evan – a dentist by trade – plied him with a mind-bending drug called sodium amytal, which is known to induce false memory syndrome.

Even once Jordan Chandler began to toe his father’s line, his testimony was so unconvincing that DA Tom Sneddon took his case to three separate grand juries and none of them allowed him to bring charges against Michael Jackson. Contrary to widely reported myth, Jordan Chandler did not accurately describe Jackson’s genitals. Among other inaccuracies, he claimed that Jackson was circumcised while police photographs proved that he was not.

Unsurprisingly, none of this information has made its way into the mainstream media’s reportage of Evan Chandler’s death. Instead, Chandler’s suicide is seen as another opportunity to sling mud at Michael Jackson and perpetuate the same, tired old myths about the 1993 allegations – particularly with regard to the settlement.

News outlets the world over are once more reporting that in 1994 Jackson paid the Chandlers a settlement. This is total fiction.

Court documents from the time state clearly that Jackson’s insurance carrier “negotiated and paid the settlement over the protests of Mr Jackson and his personal legal counsel.”

Jackson didn’t even agree with the settlement, let alone pay it.

Amongst the publications that rehashed this age old nonsense was The Sun, to which I often contribute as a Michael Jackson expert. I was contacted yesterday and asked to provide information about Evan Chandler and the 1993 allegations, which I did. However, none of my information was used – most likely because it reflected too well on Jackson. Myths that imply Jackson’s guilt are evidently more important than truths which exonerate him.

Noticing that The Sun’s article on Chandler’s suicide contained several factual inaccuracies (most promintently that Jordan initiated the claims of molestation and that Jackson paid the family a settlement) I contacted two members of staff at the newspaper – my usual contact and the journalist who wrote the article. Neither email was replied and the article was not changed.

Elsewhere, The Mirror ranked several places higher on the adbsurdity scale as it attempted to portray Chandler as a martyr of some kind. ‘Michael Jackson sex case dad Evan Chandler wanted justice but ended up destroyed’, read the headline.


If Evan Chandler had wanted justice, why did he contact Jackson and ask for a three-movie script deal before he went to the police? If he wanted justice, why did he accept a settlement from Jackson’s insurance carrier?

Indeed, the settlement included a clause which stated that accepting the payment in lieu of a civil trial would not affect the family’s ability to testify in a criminal case. So if Evan Chandler wanted justice, why didn’t he allow the police to press ahead with their investigation?

The headline, along with much of the article, is nonsense.

Having taken Jackson’s insurance carrier for just under $15million (not the $20million usually alluded to by the press), in 1996 Evan Chandler tried to sue Jackson for a further $60million after claiming that the star’s album HIStory was a breach of the settlement’s confidentiality clause. In addition to trying to sue Jackson, Chandler requested that the court allow him to produce a rebuttal album called EVANstory.

Yes, really.

So the man who The Mirror claims only ‘wanted justice’ thought that the best course of action after the initial media storm died down would be to release an album of music about the supposed abuse of his pre-pubescent son.

The Mirror alluded to the fact that relations between Jordan and his parents were strained after 1993, but laid the blame at Jackson’s door, claiming that the trauma of the case had driven them apart.

In actuality, Jordan Chandler went to court when he was 16 and gained legal emancipation from both of his parents. When called to appear at Jackson’s 2005 trial, he refused to testify against his former friend. Had he taken the stand, Jackson’s legal team had a number of witnesses who were prepared to testify that Jordan – who now lives in Long Island under an assumed name – had told them in recent years that he hated his parents for what they made him say in 1993, and that Michael Jackson had never touched him.

The evidence surrounding the 1993 allegations overwhelmingly supports Michael Jackson’s innocence. It is for this reason that during the lengthy investigation, which continued for many months before Jackson’s insurance carrier negotiated a settlement, Michael Jackson was never arrested and he was never charged with any crime.

The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that Evan Chandler masterminded the allegations as a money making scheme, believing it would help him to achieve his dream of working in Hollywood. Tape recorded telephone conversations heard him dismiss the boy’s wellbeing as ‘irrelevant’ and claim that he was out to take Jackson for all he was worth. (Click here for Mary Fischer’s GQ article, which contains transcripts of the telephone calls.)

Mary Fischer’s evidence shows that as well as falsifying the sexual abuse of his own son in an elaborate extortion plot, when Jordan refused to play along Evan plied him with mind-altering drugs in a bid to trick him into believing that he was molested.

But even drugging a child as part of an extortion plot wasn’t Evan Chandler’s lowest point. That came when he petitioned the court to allow him to release an album of music about the supposed sexual abuse of his own son.

If Evan Chandler wanted justice, he got it two weeks ago.

As for the media, this latest incident cements once more the industry’s almost total unwillingness to report fairly or accurately on Michael Jackson, particularly on the bogus allegations of sexual abuse that were levelled against him. None of the aforementioned information and evidence was included in any article about Chandler’s suicide that I have read so far, despite the fact that I personally delivered it to at least one newspaper which has repeatedly paid me as a Jackson expert on other stories.

Exculpatory facts are overlooked in favour of salacious myths. A black humanitarian is tarred as a paedophile and his white extortionist is painted as a martyr.

As for Jordan Chandler, maybe with his father gone he will find the courage to do the honourable thing. Perhaps he will surface somewhere and tell the world what he’s been telling his friends for over a decade now – that Michael Jackson never laid a finger on him. Until then, I suspect he will live with the same torment that it seems eventually claimed his father, suspiciously soon after the demise of the biggest victim in all of this; Michael Jackson.

still me just a new name   November 20th, 2009 12:28 pm ET

I never watched Oprah.

Dodie   November 20th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

Oprah is brilliant, gracious, compassionate in nature and elegant. She is a self made woman. Personally, I have not watched her show very often; however, I am fully aware of her benevolent contributions in Africa and around the world. You will never see Bush, Cheney, CEOs of large Corporations or hedge fund managers using their financial wealth for anything other than their self serving and greed. Oprah is truly a beautiful woman inside and out.

I have always been very impressed with her hallmark qualities. She is tantamount to philanthropist.

Thank You!

Irvine, CA

A. Smith, Oregon   November 20th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Bravo Oprah, go out with a bang while you are at the top!

ps. try not to mushroom out to 300lbs on your off time.

bacalove   November 20th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

Oprah can probably do more good with an Independent Cable TV show. We need more shows which advocate good manners, love, compassion, cooperation and growth of the spirit rather than the material. I think Oprah knows just what she is doing. And I wish her all the luck.

Maria , Europe   November 20th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

I used to wach her show and like it , but i cannot understand her disrespect of a Man who inspired an entire world : MICHAEL jACKSON.

ckelly   November 20th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

I have spent my entire adulthood with Oprah Winfrey. I have appreciated her balance and kindness as well as her determination and creativity. This woman has made the world a better place over the last 25 years and has done much to inspire others...Two years will pass quickly. I can't imagine life without Oprah!! 🙂

Best wishes to you and your next dream Oprah.

Vancouver, BC

Maria , Europe   November 20th, 2009 3:12 pm ET


Raychil   November 20th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Although I am proud of her accomplishments as an African American woman, I stopped watching her long ago. Everything is always about her. This announcement reeks of self promotion and attention seeking well in advance of her departure almost 2 years from now.

I mean, seriously?

David Kaas   November 20th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Access the, then enter: A New Cure for Cancer(view) Then go to: A New Cure for Cancer and everything else.
Understand: the human H2O molecule is surrounded by an electron whose orbit is in a 180 degree(half-circle) to the South. All fluids consumed are "forced through metal piping" which causes their electrons to orbit to the North, the same as the insects molecular disposition. To drink this incorrectly influenced fluid means that you're "negating" your own "7 year cellular rebuild cycle". To "south-spin" all fluids means that you can once again regain just what you lost in your youth, plus get the new that everyone's been waiting for!! Now Oprah, I've sent you a copy today of my new book entitled: FARM PHYSICS. I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

louanne   November 20th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Oprah & her show saved my life when my husband passed away..I am almost 80 yrs young now, God Bless Oprah..better things are coming her way, I wish her good health !..

simba   November 20th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

"If Evan Chandler wanted justice, he got it two weeks ago."

Thank you, Mr. Thomson. Finally the ice-cold truth!

Oprah is due respect as a self-made billionaire, born into difficult circumstances, who used her talent, brains, and work ethic to become a media supernova.

But her failure to acknowledge the passing of John Johnson, and her horrible treatment of Michael Jackson, will taint her legacy forever. Her superstardom would not have been possible without them. Yet she would not interrupt a vacation to attend Johnson's funeral, and then lied about sending flowers. And she denigrated MJ in life, and desecrated his memory in death, even though he gave her the interview that made her name world-wide.

To my mind, the only way Oprah can redeem herself is by devoting at least two shows to the lynching of Michael Jackson by the media, and his extortion by the Chandlers and the Arvizos, with the collusion of the criminal justice system. It would be in her self-interest. After all, Oprah is black, very rich, and like MJ, she has an estate in Santa Barbara. Who knows, maybe Tom Sneddon is cooking up charges against her, too.

Anthony   November 20th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

It's amazing how, after so many years of its existence, the tongue still reigns as the most unruly adversary—after having surpassed the eyes, as the window to one's idiosyncrasies and fears. Case-and-point, success breeds contempt.

Claus   November 20th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

@Dodie--Cheney contributed all of his stock from Halliburton to charity. Actually, you are quite wrong also about CEO's not giving to charity. It's not something they broadcast. As you know, if they did, someone would find fault with that as well, saying they broadcast it for PR. You come to totally unfounded conclusions.

SuzieCanada   November 20th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

simba, well said! Great comment!

Lorna   November 20th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

Oprah did do a lot for people and did give, and I am sure she will continue to do so in her new venture/s.

I don't think Oprah ever got over her childhood abuse and I think in her interviews with others, tried to find an answer to her pain. I used to watch Oprah regularly, but found in time, that the focus of the interview always seemed to shift back to her.

Her magazine "O" continuously having her on the front cover was a big no-no for me, I think that was the final turn-off. With all her charities, guests etc, could she not have found a good photo of those for her magazine?

Anyway, I do feel sorry for her, and wish her luck, most of all, I wish her peace to her childhood nightmares.

Dodie   November 20th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

@ Claus

Yes, he gave his stock away because of conflict of interest and to decrease his taxes. However, what you failed to state was: Cheney retired from the company during the 2000 U.S. presidential election campaign with a severance package worth $36 million.

If I received $36 million dollars severance package, I would give my stock away to cherity in order to decrease my taxes!!!

I also understand Cheney still has stock in Halliburtin but its non option or inactive whatever that means. I am not an economist!

Claus   November 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

@Dodie-–actually Cheney gave the money to charity after he left office.
CEO's, as you know, and particularly those in major corporations are paid quite well and do receive a lot in retirement or severance. Not as much as a lot of athletes make in a year, however. I think the people that complain most about corporate America are those with little or no experience in that arena. Therefore, they have no idea of the stress of the job nor the preparation to get to the job.

I just don't see why there was a leap from Oprah to Cheney and corporate America. And speaking of "CEOs of large corporations" and what they do and don't do, do you consider Bill Gates and Warren Buffett self-serving? I'm sure you know all about their foundations and Warren's contribution to the Gates foundation. See, this is the problem with all encompassing slurs. And who ends up looking bad!

MariaA   November 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


I agree with your comment 100%. Oprah used Michael Jackson when it was convenient for her. I am done with her...

Cindy   November 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

MariaA and Anne,
I agree that Oprah's attitude toward MJ was disappointing. She knows the time to go is upon her as her ratings are slipping. Also, she can no longer conceal her attitudes toward people. That has been clear in watching her attitude toward Obama, Palin and MJ. She has every right to have her opinions but much of her success was due to being open and objective. She is choosing not to be objective now or least not to appear so, (and, again, that's her right) thus it is a good time to take a different path.

karen   November 20th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

maybe now that opra is going on her own she can express her self

and do some real research about micheal jackson and not just the mud not because something happen to us inthe pass we should not let that cloud our judgement of others without the facts

lindafromnewyork   November 20th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Correct-Oprah was dead wrong with her behavior-Oprah forgets sometimes where she comes from–sorry-Yes she does. Her ratings took a dip because alot of us have turned our back on her because she has done to us. Oprah caters to a particular type of audience and because of that audience she is a like a puppet. I have no respect for Oprah Winfrey whatsover. Oprah did not support Michael Jackson because she was afraid to alienate her audience. I would have respect for her if she showed up at Michael's Memorial–which she was invited too–too busy Oprah–but you had time to attend Eunice Kennedy's funeral. You know what though-maybe it is better that she did not show.

Dodie   November 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

@ claus

You can twist it any way you want. The bottom line is Goldman Sachs 2009 bonuses has doubled that of 2008 and is currently at......................

$23,000,000,000.00 (23 billion dollars)

You try and justify the high pay because the job is stressful. So is being a paramedic, ER Doctor and social worker. Whats your point?

CLaus   November 20th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I don't know what bonuses were for GS last year. I just know they repaid their government money and I understand there was a good return for the government on the investment.

Any job can be stressful, Dodie, including the job of the gentleman who picks up our trash or the job on the assembly line. That does not and should not mean they will all pay the same and it certainly doesn't mean they all have the same responsibility.

Another note on Cheney. I laugh when people say someone gave away money to save taxes. I am sure you know that if he gave away $30 million, the taxes he saved were the taxes on the $30 million (perhaps $15 million depending on his state, etc.). But after taxes he would still have $15 million left for himself. So when people give money to charity, they are giving up after tax money as well.

What's my point? I made my point in my last post, but you chose not to respond. I think you like the attention you receive from posting such strong opinions.

Jennifer   November 20th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I stopped watching a long time ago. Sandwiches, shoes, hair and weight. Boring, arrogant, trite. Since Michael Jackson has been mentioned it reminds me what he said to Steve Harvey a few years back, ..."the ones who pretend they're good are the worst". True charity is not bragged about.

im'high with MJ   November 20th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

who cares if she's leaving?? i'm not bothered at all. the sooner the better..

Dodie   November 20th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

@ Claus

If you look at our two last posts, yours was twice as long as mine. Maybe you had better take a look in the mirror! Now who looks bad!

elly   November 20th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

bye oprah, then again we are stock with you for another two years! . actually I could not care less about her leaving. I stoped liking her a long time ago. she thinks she is the queen of the world. she also disrespected mj by her comments. when she did that interview with him 100 million people watched it because of mj and that made her popular but she seems to have forgotten that mj was the bigger person. her so called show about him was not a tribute was as if she was saying: I, opera the queen of the world, remember michael jackson.

olga   November 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

I was lucky enough to be in the audience @ the Oprah show a few yrs was a musical was so exciting & memorable..beautiful many caring one wants to leave..even the girls in chg. of the coat room...are honored to be working there..but now they need to begin looking for new jobs & Ms O may help them find new jobs..she is very kind thoughtful & caring..God Bless Oprah..she has helped many Catholic institutions in Chicago ....& made donations to the poor all over the world..

latoya.g   November 21st, 2009 1:08 am ET

Oprah is an amazing angel. There is no one who can fill her shoes. She makes dreams come true. We all know that's a fact because when she does, we all cry watching her shows, her miracles happen and they truly touch all who is watching. She is an Angel who is humble, heart felt, amazing and so giving to everyone. No one can do the things that she has been doing for years!! Such an amazing woman!!!!! (she should woman of the woman award) – only happening once every 25 years- honestly- Oprah Winfrey needs a lifetime award!!!!! Let us make it happen!
I do hope to see her on the new network she will be on, I will be following her. She is apart of our house hold! She has done her part for years, always giving.! I don't think she is wrong at all! Go O, Go!

claudia   November 21st, 2009 3:35 am ET

Maybe Oprah is thinking of a career change – like into politics...

carol kesling   November 21st, 2009 4:45 am ET

i myself am sick of oprah !!! and raychil said it like it is...... it's allways about OPRAH !!!!! and she is a snob period !!! sorry if i offend anybody, this is only my opinion !!!! she will still be plastered everywhere we look though...i can't beleive people hang on her every word....SHE IS NOT GOD !!!!! she is just like anyone else-- only very RICH !!!!!!!!!!!

peter   November 21st, 2009 5:15 am ET

I'm with Latoya.G,,When God made Oprah, he broke the MOLD ! I can feel her soul, her spirit...she has helped so many people...when she walks into her studio prepared for taping, I understand people clap, scream stand up for more than 5 mins or more..she asks them to sit down & then says, "I feel the same way"....she's young compared to me /55?/ I wish her a long long healthy life ,,hoping she can help more of the poor & needy in this country....

eJay   November 21st, 2009 9:45 am ET

Oprah has help millions of people around the world, she has built private schools for poor kids when most people build private schools for rich kids.

evan   November 21st, 2009 11:09 am ET

these negative, hateful comments /posts/ really bother me...only the Lord judges. jealousy & envy eat @ our souls & beat us down..she has worked so hard & helped so many people,anonomously /sp/ just as Fr Sinatra did..we need more love & admiration in this world..Oprah knows this is the time for her to leave & go on to different & better things., she will keep us posted RE what she will be working on..

CLaus   November 21st, 2009 11:38 am ET

@Dodie, I had to look for your "last word" (of course). I am not sure what your comment about length of post has to do with anything. I am surprised that someone who seems to have so much knowledge holds up so poorly in a real challenge. You lose your credibility when you lose your cool. I think I have overestimated you on some positive fronts. Go ahead, get your last word in, but I won't be checking again.

SuzieCanada   November 21st, 2009 11:47 am ET

I'm with Carol. Oprah is not God! She may be a nice, compassionate and talented person, but the world is full of those. You have to be really naive to think she's so superior to anyone else. She's a shrewd business woman. She did a lot of good, sure, but any human being with a conscience and with the same financial means as Oprah would do just as much. Refusing to give Michael Jackson the benefit of the doubt as if the principle of "innocent till proven guilty" did not apply to him, was the last straw that made me, and many others, lose respect for her. I do hope she redeems herself by researching the truth and exposing the lies that led to Michael Jackson's demise. If anyone is in a position to do it, she is. It's the least she could do.

william   November 21st, 2009 12:12 pm ET

do not know what happened RE Oprah & MJ..nor do I know RE Diana Ross & MJ ...

simba   November 21st, 2009 1:33 pm ET

william – Oprah, like any smart media personality, plays to her strongest audience, middle to upper middle-class suburban white women. They are most likely to believe that MJ was guilty. Oprah also has a warm spot in her heart for the "wronged wife", so she gave Lisa Marie Presley – actually her mother – a forum to trash MJ after their divorce. (If she did a show about Lisa Marie pursuing and "dating" MJ for years after they split, I'd be sure to tune in.)

MJ and Diana Ross remained close – two days before he died, MJ was helping her son Evan with his music. It's Katherine Jackson who has a problem with Ms. Ross, going back many years. Some believe it's because of Ms. Ross' relationship with young MJ, which Mrs. Jackson had problems with.

ckelly   November 21st, 2009 2:40 pm ET

I for one am sick of Michael Jackson-

Michael Jackson was an artist not a saint

He was inappropriate in his relationships with children

He mistreated his body and treated the friends and family who tried to help him badly

He was abusing drugs at the time of his death

He was bizarre in public with his children

Michael Jackson is dead! Its a loss now lets move on. WHO cares if Oprah was not filming during the summer when he dies and waited till August to do a tribute!!!

Get over yourselves!

Maria , Europe   November 21st, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a saint. I feel it , i believe it.

william   November 21st, 2009 5:03 pm ET

to Simba..thank u so much, did not know not know much @ 80 favorites were Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Al Martino. , Bobby Darin...I did love the song MJ wrote w/Lionel Ritchie, in the 1980's, "We are the World" ,,still popular today..RE Andy Williams..did not like him bashing Pres Obama in public,,these thoughts should be discussed @ his kitchen table, not out in public..this is called "graveyard talk", I've read the Delaney sisters books, they speak of this,,,classy sisters, now gone on to Glory ..

glenda   November 21st, 2009 8:14 pm ET

to ckelly.. I think it's fine that Oprah waited until August to speak of M Jackson...she had her reasons..she is compassionate,,am sure she felt badly @ his passing ...

Marianne   November 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Oprah reflects the way we all want to live our lives-with style and grace!She has been a part of our lives for 23 years. She has helped us with our children, our marriages, our lives and has influenced us like a best friend.
She has helped our world and deserves the best. Good luck in your future endeavors, Oprah! You are one of a kind of great American! Thanks for all you have done and will continue to do to make our world a better place because you have been here! I just hope that I can try to do just a speck of all you have done and others will try also! Congrats! You are the best!!

bette   November 21st, 2009 11:51 pm ET

I like Diana Ross..happy she had the 2 boys Ross & Evan...she's been a good Mom....5 children, I think ...LOVE Marianne's post ..GO Oprah GO on to better things..we will not forget've helped us thru many trials/tribulations & you've been w/us for the good times too..we wish you the best..."there is an end to every beginning & a beginning to every end", Changes are a part of Life!..

helena   November 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

wish she would have attended MJ's funeral, she could have sat w/L King & B Walters ...there must be a reason why ??...

elly   November 22nd, 2009 1:08 am ET

@ ckelly

how dare you say he was inappropriate in his relationships with children when you have nothing to prove that. you are just an ignorant did he treat anybody badly? do you even know what you are talking about? and what he did with his body is non of your business.

helena   November 22nd, 2009 1:46 am ET

Oprah always praised teachers, Miss Duncan was her 4th grade teacher, & knew Oprah was destined for bigger & greater things..but Oprah, as a child never knew Miss Duncan had a first name,,/smile/ so one day on her show Oprah introduced Miss MARY Duncan,,& on the stage she walked, this cute senior citizen ! No doubt she /O/ kept in touch w/her & sent her presents from then on...teachers are wonderful, what would we do w/o them..wish they would earn larger salaries, also our public servants who protect us 24/7,,policemen & firemen !,,I never take then for granted !

JamesB   November 22nd, 2009 1:49 am ET

@helena, she was not invited to MJ's funeral. Thank goodness.

JudyG   November 22nd, 2009 4:25 am ET

We will survive Oprahs leaving TV, but I am sure we will still see her. I wonder now that she will be leaving how many times she will be staying at the WHite House

louise   November 22nd, 2009 5:20 am ET

I need a make/over,,could use Oprah's hairdresser & make/up person..when she leaves..they make her look fabulous !

mjpyt   November 22nd, 2009 5:40 am ET


What prove have you to back up your slandering out burst on michael jackson it seems to me the bile must be chokeing you your a sick
individual to say these nasty obseneties
Michael is a kind careing warm sweet human being not a word i would use to descibe you your a disgrace to humanity michael loves children
he is an exceptional guy he is loved by everybody only narrow minded
nasty havent got alife no one loves me people would say such filth
Michael was not inappropriate with children michael gave millions to charity to help them he was hurt knowing children were not happy
he would feel it in his heart there pain you have no heart just a swinging brick believeing all the media trash thats out there
And what prove have you he was a drug addict was you thereNO so
shut the f*** up with your mindless drivel no one cares no one wants to know what crap is going on in your 1 brain cell you make me feel physicialy sick you horrible little temite go to hell meet your maker

gerry & pete   November 22nd, 2009 7:17 am ET

we do not like hateful, negative comments ! keep them to yourselves or talk @ it at your kitchen table ..we are all children of the Lord..RIP M Jackson,,,hope you know you were & are loved.,

gerry & pete   November 22nd, 2009 7:25 am ET

we loved MJ & his children are really beautiful...hope they get thru this horrible time..with prayers, love, faith & support, they will..the holiday season may be difficult for them. but they will emerge stronger...

Maria South Africa   November 22nd, 2009 11:25 am ET

Oprah we are going to miss you so much. May GOD bless you. Love you .

Marianne   November 22nd, 2009 11:32 am ET

Thanks, Bette.

mjpyt   November 22nd, 2009 1:47 pm ET



The Verdict: Michael Jackson = Aquitted of ALL CHARGES

I ran here as soon as I heard it!

I had been watching Court TV's live broadcast since the jury informed the court that it had reached a verdict. The news came at about 4pm eastern; Michael Jackson and family got to the court at around 5pm and by 5:20pm all the verdicts had been read by the jury foreperson. Here are the details:


#1 – Not Guilty on Conspiracy
#2 – Not Guilty of Committing A Lewd Act On A Minor Child
#3 – Not Guilty of Committing A Lewd Act On A Minor Child
#4 – Not Guilty of Committing A Lewd Act On A Minor Child
#5 – Not Guilty of Committing A Lewd Act On A Minor Child
#6 – Not Guilty of Attempting To Commit a Lewd Act On A Minor Child

#7 – Not Guilty of Administering An Intoxicating Agent To Assist In A Commission of A Lewd Act Upon A Minor Child; Not Guilty of the Lesser Charge of Providing Alcohol To A Child Under the Age of 21

#8 – Not Guilty of Administering An Intoxicating Agent To Assist In A Commission of A Lewd Act Upon A Minor Child; Not Guilty of the Lesser Charge of Providing Alcohol To A Child Under the Age of 21

#9 – Not Guilty of Administering An Intoxicating Agent To Assist In A Commission of A Lewd Act Upon A Minor Child; Not Guilty of the Lesser Charge of Providing Alcohol To A Child Under the Age of 21

#10 – Not Guilty of Administering An Intoxicating Agent To Assist In A Commission of A Lewd Act Upon A Minor Child; Not Guilty of the Lesser Charge of Providing Alcohol To A Child Under the Age of 21

This is what was broadcast; I am not sure of the specifics of each count as far as what they entail, but that is besides the point. Michael Jackson has been acquitted on all 10 counts, plus the 4 lesser charges of providing alcohol to a child under 21


Lori Foroozandeh   November 22nd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

TO Oprah, I have tried to mail my book to you several times and it keeps being returned as improper address even though I used these addresses!

My name is Lori Foroozandeh and I have just published a book about my true story of being in a POW CAMP in Iran for six weeks.
I was put into this camp the day after 9/11. My husband turned out to be a state sponsored terrorist that I had no idea about until we arrived in Iran. My Iranian husband Mohammad Foroozandeh/Forouzandeh (he used two different spellings of his name to hide under) took me to Iran in 1998.
If you do a search for him online you will see his notoriety.
Once there I was told you need your husbands written permission to leave the country. I lived there until October (end of ) 2001.
When 9/11 happened we knew that it was going to happen, we just didn't know where or what city but we knew something was going to happen, and when I tried to call home to warn my family, the operator said NO INTERNATIONAL Calls being placed at this time.

I did not know anything about my husband and his shady background until we arrived in Iran. You can do a search for my book online as well and see it's reviews which all have been five stars. "Lori's Song" by Lori Foroozandeh.

The reason I'm writing is that I truly want this story to get out. It took me eight years to write it, and the reason I went with a self publishing company was that any correspondences I had with the larger publishers required me to edit my book and leave out certain details. (For example my childhood sexual abuse and drug addiction...they only wanted the book to focus on IRAN).
Once a girl from Bahrain and I escaped the camp (will elucidate when requested) we went to Ostandary a place in Iran to help foreigners in trouble. Since there is no American embassy in Iran, I was taken (flown to) Dubai, UAE, where our embassy paid my way home. But before doing so they made me sign a non disclosure agreement that I wouldn't talk about what happened to me.

On Nov. 14th I arrived back in the USA. since then I've been writing my story but wanted no publicity, until the book had been published which took eight years. Now that it is published I would like the people to know.
I am also not a squeeky clean person, I fled to Iran due to having false prescription charges I was facing due to being a nurse and addicted to Vicodin.
The above and my childhood sexual abuse is also accounted for in the book
When I arrived home on Nov.14, 2001, I had severe head trauma and brain injury that I now have dealt with. I have had seizures due to this, and I was injured internally when I was raped there with a rifle barrel. They also did public rapes. I also taught english at Zabanamoozan Language School in Iran until one of my students were drowned in her fathers swimming pool for not being a virgin on her wedding night.

I thank you for listening.

Momma Pat   November 24th, 2009 5:57 am ET

November 23, 2009… Memphis, Tennessee…12:20 a.m.

LARRY! LARRY! LARRY! I missed the Oprah Show today, but I caught YOU tonight featuring guests who were addressing Oprah’s decision to end the show in September 2011. THEY were there, Mr. King, but I was not. Is it possible you simply forgot? What happened, Sir that I was left out of your CNN line-up tonight? Certainly, knowing you, it just had to be an oversight. And, just in case, my name didn’t ring any bell…putting it lightly, you know me quite well. For years I’m been under the magic of the Oprah Winfrey spell. Do tell Man…I am Oprah Winfrey’s Most Inspired Fan! It’s behind her shows, I’ve written songs and books. The hooks she’s baited me with have been Momma Jackie’s kids suffering in the Motherland. My hand penned Turning Pain Into Power as a result of that one hour alone. The world has known of the tragedy and trauma of that plight. In light of soccer moms and others facing silent death, the use of Meth was penned also. Making Every Taker Helpless is what those letters mean you know. Before I go, there’s Home Is Where the Hurt Is. That book addresses abuse and asserts there is absolutely NO excuse for the lives it changes and the families it rearranges; emotionally and with every physical test. Ah, yes, Mr. King, I knew you’d remember me. I’ve been inspired by this Oprah Winfrey since the show first hit T.V. She’s inspired many songs about herself and even others like the late little Mattie, Luther Vandross and Patti Labelle. Yes, Mr. Larry King, you do know me well.

I await your call. You really have NO choice. I’m Oprah Winfrey’s Most Inspired Fan. It’s in your hands to give me voice.

Thank you in advance for any and all consideration of this request. I am the one YOU know. For those of you out there who have been blessed by Ms. O, encourage Mr. King to respond positively to this request.

paul corey   August 18th, 2010 9:19 am ET

good riddance ! Any celebrity that's as ignorant in politics as her, should not use her popularity to sway the public's opinion. This tells me that Oprah is a prejudice woman in her heart!

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